Having spent my childhood on the hunting field, in the pony club and competing BSJA a progression to working with racehorses came very naturally. After a successful spell training Point-to-pointers and Hunterchasers I am thrilled to be progressing with my traininglicence. We aim to get the best out of each individual horse that comes into the yard.
We all know how true the saying ‘ No Foot, No Horse’ is so having a farrier like Elliot Hook as part of the team is so important. He shows great patience with the youngsters and is fantastic at remedial work on any foot problems that crop up.
Sarah Simpson from Hawick Vets plays a big part in the team at Millhaugh. It is so important to have a vet who’s judgement I can trust and also who cares for the horses well being as much as I do. Not only this but Sarah spends a lot of her time working with racehorses so is very good at specialising in racing injuries and getting them back on the track. She also has an amazing team at the practice who are brilliant when Sarah is not available.
Hayley is in her fifth season with us and is an integral part of our team. Her time spent in the pony club and BSJA has given her a wealth of riding experience and knowledge of all things equine. She is a great work riding, schooling jockey and is a huge asset to the yard.
Alice is a member of our yard team. Is it great to have someone cracking on with yard work as it allows our riding team to concentrate on exercising the horses.
Karen works on the yard allowing the riding staff to crack on with riding out duties. Karen is a great asset to the yard. She is a very competent horse woman and is fantastic at sorting manes, clipping and generally dealing with the horses. Her favourite on the yard is Gerry. Karen competes her own horse Draco’s her spare time and also works in other yards and is a hairdresser to trade. Very busy lady!
Abby is going to be working with us for the 2018/19 season alongside completing her NVQ 2 in Racehorse care. Abby now has two seasons point to pointing under her belt and has turned into a super schooling jockey and work rider. She is looking forwards to the forthcoming season with her new point to pointer Epson Roque.
Its always important to have family on side whenever you are starting a big adventure in life and my mum Sylvia helps around the yard, with riding out and lorry driving to!! Having years of experience with point-to-pointers gives her the know how to be a great help to me. She also keeps her own thoroughbred Slippers with whom she enjoys the local common ridings.
My dad Murray is a big help with lorry driving, DIY around the yard and helping with his opinion on all things horsey and business related. In the past he has spent a fair bit of time taking horses to the races for other trainers so is very clued up on race day procedures when I need help. Since the installation of our sand circle Murray has also turned into head gallop man and is a dab hand with the harrow!